When it comes to choosing the best food for dogs, most pet owners find it hard to determine which diet is best for their canine from a number of potential diets. What you feed your dog can make the difference between having a strong, healthy pup and a feeble one. This is why it is important to feed your pet what’s most appropriate to them.
Since dogs are direct descendents of wolves, they should be eating just like them. By observing wolves in the wild, we realise that they have a raw diet that consists mainly of raw meat and small portions of fruits and vegetables. Therefore, the best diet for dogs should consist of raw food.
A raw diet involves mainly unprocessed whole foods.
Some of the top benefits of feeding your pet with a raw diet include :
- Shinier coat
- Healthier Skin
- Cleaner teeth
- More energy
- Smaller stool
Below is a great list of the best foods for dogs :
A. Muscle meat (often still on the bone)
Muscle meat is the primary component of a raw diet as it is rich in protein and other minerals. It is particularly good for your dog’s heart and can help boost the immune system as well as aid the building and maintaining of strong muscles. Common examples of muscle meats to feed a dog include gizzards, turkey hearts, uterus, beef lung, beef cheek, tendons etc.
B. Organ meats
Organ meats have an impressive nutrient profile and should be a crucial part of your dog’s diet. Organs and glands here include the liver, kidneys, adrenal glands, pancreas, brain, stomach and heart. Some of the nutrients they contain in varying amounts are amino acids, collagen, probiotics, selenium, digestive enzymes, ribonucleic acid and more.
C. Bones (either whole or ground)
Not only do dogs love bones, they need bones for their wellbeing. Whether whole or ground, bones are a fantastic source of minerals like calcium phosphate, which can help the skeletal system regenerate and adapt. Experts say calcium in bones is four times more digestible than from other sources. Additionally, it can help keep the teeth clean while distracting your dog from negative behavior.
D. Apple, carrots or other fruits
Fruits are a healthful food for dogs as they provide many important vitamins for dogs. For example, fruits like apples and carrots are a good source of vitamin A, which helps to boost your pet’s immune system. Also, chewing on fruits like carrots can help remove plaque from your pup’s teeth and otherwise promote good dental health.
E. Raw eggs
Raw eggs are a great source of very digestible proteins, vitamins, antioxidants, riboflavin and selenium. They’re also beneficial for your canine’s cardiovascular health. An egg a day is good for a large dog but for smaller dogs, go with maybe half an egg.
Contrary to industrial foods such as kibble, a raw diet is highly nutritious and beneficial for dogs since it is unprocessed, thereby preserving certain nutrients that could have been otherwise lost, such as enzymes and some vitamins. However, it is important to note that raw diets are only safe for dogs 12 weeks and older.
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